Arsenal vs West Ham preview: Prediction, team news & lineups

  • Arsenal topped the Premier League at Christmas after Anfield draw
  • Gunners taking on in-form West Ham side on Thursday
  • Hammers knocked Arsenal out of Carabao Cup in November

Arsenal were top of the Premier League at Christmas
Arsenal were top of the Premier League at Christmas / PAUL ELLIS/GettyImages
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After entering Christmas at the top of the Premier League table. Arsenal are in action on Thursday night as they welcome West Ham to the Emirates.

These two sides have already faced off this term and the Hammers made the most of a rotated Gunners team in the Carabao Cup, advancing into the quarter-finals as 3-1 victors.

Things are bound to be different this time around as Arsenal attempt to assert their status as the Premier League's top dogs. The Gunners battled hard for a well-earned point at Anfield last time out, and they remain unbeaten at the Emirates this term.

West Ham represent a tough test, however, with their recent upsurge seeing them climb up to sixth in the table.


Arsenal vs West Ham preview: Prediction, team news & lineups

Here's our preview of Arsenal's festive duel with West Ham.

Martin Odegaard
Arsenal were beaten in the Carabao Cup by West Ham in November / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

How to watch Arsenal vs West Ham on TV

  • When is kick-off? Thursday 28 December
  • What time is kick-off? 20:15 (BST)
  • Where is it played? Emirates Stadium
  • TV channel/live stream? Amazon Prime Video (UK) / Peacock (US) / fuboTV (Canada)
  • Referee? Michael Oliver

Arsenal team news

Gabriel Martinelli, Oleksandr Zinchenko
Arsenal's left-hand side could be changed on Thursday / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

Arteta could make some changes to his left flank on Thursday with both Gabriel Martinelli and Oleksandr Zinchenko struggling at Anfield. Jakub Kiwior and Leandro Trossard could earn starts.

There's not much news on the injury front, although Jorginho should be okay to feature. Kai Havertz is suspended and the Italian is in contention for a start if Arteta doesn't want to play Emile Smith Rowe.

Jurrien Timber, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Thomas Partey, and Fabio Vieira remain out.


West Ham team news

The Hammers haven't been affected by injuries too much this term, and forward Michail Antonio is on the comeback trail. However, he won't start on Thursday with Moyes unlikely to make any changes from the team that started Saturday's victory over Man Utd.

Nayef Aguerd should make the squad after recovering from an illness.


Arsenal vs West Ham predicted lineups

Arsenal: Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Kiwior; Jorginho, Rice, Odegaard; Saka, Jesus, Trossard.

West Ham: Areola; Coufal, Mavropanos, Zouma, Emerson; Alvarez, Ward-Prowse; Kudus, Soucek, Paqueta; Bowen.


Arsenal's recent form

Date

Result

Competition

23/12/23

Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal

Premier League

17/12/23

Arsenal 2-0 Brighton

Premier League

12/12/23

PSV Eindhoven 1-1 Arsenal

Champions League

09/12/23

Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal

Premier League

05/12/23

Luton Town 3-4 Arsenal

Premier League


West Ham's recent form

Date

Result

Competition

23/12/23

West Ham 2-0 Man Utd

Premier League

20/12/23

Liverpool 5-1 West Ham

Carabao Cup

17/12/23

West Ham 3-0 Wolves

Premier League

14/12/23

West Ham 2-0 Freiburg

Europa League

10/12/23

Fulham 5-0 West Ham

Premier League


Arsenal vs West Ham score prediction

West Ham's recent success has generally come at home, and they've been subject to two batterings in their previous two away fixtures.

Nevertheless, the visitors will be in a buoyant mood following Saturday's win over United, and Moyes' side are capable of stymying the hosts. West Ham will defend deep, force Arsenal to be patient, and test the Gunners' imperious central defensive axis.

Set-pieces will also play a big role, and Havertz's absence could hurt the hosts from that perspective. Still, I'm backing Arteta's side to edge a close one.

Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 West Ham